Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott

Posted on November 05, 2012

If Nicole didn’t scream “COME ON, DOVER! MOVE YOUR BLOOMING ARSE!” at least once this day, then we will be very disappointed.


Nicole Kidman attends the 2012 AAMI Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia in L’Wren Scott. Hat by Stephen Jones.

At first glance, we thought this looked way too prissy, but once we realized it was a very witty and very deliberate callback to Audrey Hepburn’s derby costume in My Fair Lady:


Well, how could we not love that? From a modern fashion perspective, it’s questionable (all that white lace), but from a style statement perspective – and a “having fun with clothes” one – it’s downright brilliant.


[Photo Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images]

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  • It’s a costume, but it’s an excellent costume. And that’s good enough for me.

    • Sara__B


      • Kathy_Marlow

         It’s glorious. She looks perfect

  • I love this so much.

  • baxterbaby

    The shoulder bow; tip-off.  

    I don’t object to a black shoe, but it looks too  much shoe from the front. 

  • SophiaPehawkins

    She’s no Audrey Hepburn, but who is? It’s a pretty fabulous “Halloween” getup.

    • MoHub

      And as far as musical theater is concerned, Audrey Hepburn was no Julie Andrews.

    • christinewithanx

      She’s no Grace Kelly, either, but Hollywood disagrees!

      • SophiaPehawkins

        Ugh. Don’t get me started on that. The thing is I never got it with regards to Nicole Kidman; that whole timeless beauty, and that’s even before all the botox and work she had one. I watched Rabbit Hole, and quite enjoyed her in it as well as the movie. I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything else, but I don’t feel inclined to do so.

        I usually prefer unknown actor/actresses to play famous people in movies. It’s hard to see Grace Kelly in those pictures that have been out. All I see is Nicole Kidman playing GK. I got the same feeling with Michelle Williams. I thought she was great in ” My Week with Marilyn” but I couldn’t unsee MW.

        Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews. Legends. I don’t think I’ll feel that way about Nicole Kidman in fifty years.

        • jhedman

           See pre-work, curly-haired Nicole in “Dead Calm” if you like thrillers.  She was amazing before anyone ever knew her.

  • she also looks less plastic than she usually does…

  • alyce1213

    The homage to Cecil Beaton’s costume is way too obvious, too close. I’d have preferred a less literal interpretation of this iconic outfit.

    • kschwarting

      Well said!  I feel like the lines of this are much wonkier than Beaton’s streamlined design.

  • Well it is the Spring Racing Carnival……

  • My only problem with it is that it seems to be poorly fitted under her bust- what is up with the wrinkling? Otherwise, I love My Fair Lady so I am down with it. 

  • Groucho_Marks

    Love it — nice to see a clever homage to a wonderful film.  “The rain in Spain falls mainly on Nicole Kidman(e)…once again…”

  • AwwwTrouble

    And she actually looks happy wearing it.  Love.  

  • 1964edithgrove

    Looks like she’s wearing a Playtex Living Bra from the 50’s.  Hate.

  • Judy_S

    It feels too literal to me–like, the only parts that were changed are not as good as the original. If you look at what Cecil Beaton did to that prewar period, and then at what Scott did to Beaton, Scott looks pretty weak. I like the buttons down the back, but that’s already Beaton referencing Edwardiana in the age of the zipper.

  • The dress is an interesting, undeniably witty idea, but I think, not an entirely successful one. The Stripped ribbon is a bit oddly placed, in particular the ascending chevron on the back of the skirt that says, “This way to my ass!”

  • hillmad

    Sorry, but I just think it’s dowdy. Makes her look like a dowager aunt. And I don’t find it a very witty or well-fitting interpretation.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I think this is funny and fierce — you go, Ms. Nicole!

  • Oh thank god. For a moment, I looked at this and thought she was doing a remake of My Fair Lady and I couldn’t imagine a worse casting choice.

    • alyce1213

      Oh, I can imagine A LOT worse.

      • Kirsten Henry

        “Lindsay Lohan as Eliza”

        • Well, Lindsay is deeply vulgar and so is Eliza…

        • alyce1213

          Lea Michele as Eliza. (Of course)

  • Joshau Norton

    Cute idea, but the hat really could have used the same small pop of red that Beaton used in the original outfit. It looks a tad washed out with nothing but gray.

  • Mary229

    Yes, I recognized it right away as being from My Fair Lady.  It’s a great costume.  However, I’m bitter about Nicole Kidman right now because I was recently reminded on an earlier thread that I think Amy Adams should be playing Grace Kelly in the biopic and not Kidman.  So I’m irrationally annoyed at her right now.   Still…I got to give props where it’s due for the costume here.

  • ecallaw1977

    I like the dress an an homage, but I think the hat is really weak.

  • Awesome and cute, two words I don’t usually apply to Nicole.

  • TieDye64

    Given the venue I think she looks fantastic. Chic and fun.

  • Kate4queen

    I love it!

  • J. Preposterice

    Nicole, your face is starting to look like something out of Brazil.  Please stop doing things to it.  

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I actually like it, and hope she did instruct Dover, at some point, to shake his tail.

    I wish more people would have some fun with clothes like this.

  • beebee10

    love that she has the sense of fun to wear that. looks great

  • MoHub

    How did you know I was in the middle of rehearsals for My Fair Lady? You guys just made my entire day! And I get to faint in response!

  • PeggyOC

    That’s EXACTLY what I thought when I saw it.  When I first saw the image I didn’t know it was for an event, and my first thought was “OMG, are they remaking My Fair Lady with Nicole as Liza?”

  • mjude

    i love it!

  • meowing

    If only Ms. Angry Birds Eyebrows would truly smile–especially an open-mouth smile that we usually criticize–it would lighten up her whole persona.  Love the Audrey moment here, and that whole Derby scene is my very favorite movie scene!

  • plastic. face.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Love her, love this. Going to watch To Die For now. 

  • l_c_ann

    Cecil Beaton would smile at the homage.

    • margaret meyers

      no he wouldn’t.

  • MichaelStrangeways

    And, by “callback” you mean rip-off?

    The Estate of Cecil Beaton is ringing up their solicitors as we speak…

    • Lilithcat

      My thought, too.  Unfortunately, at the time Beaton created these, fashion design was not protected by copyright in Great Britain.

  • LambeeBaby

    Gutter snipe.

  • Adore it. Love it. Want it. 

  • SewingSiren

    Well, what else would you wear to Victorian Derby Day?

  • She’s no Audrey Hepburn.

  • In the profile picture, she looks surprisingly like Joan Crawford. 

  • Now I just miss Musical Mondays and all the vagina hats they offered. 

    • formerlyAnon

      I just miss Musical Mondays, period.

  • Call me Bee

    Ok.  When I first saw it, I thought, “what the f-ing hell??!?!’ But now that I see she’s going to the races, you are right.  It’s brilliant. 

  • Wellworn

    Could have done without the lace, but otherwise fabulous, and I thought that even before I saw the My Fair Lady reference.  And the girl is looking good too.

  • joything

    The dress & hat are from L’Wren Scott’s participation in “The Green Cut,” a project that brings together movie costumes and ethical/eco-conscious designers.

  • fringebenefit


  • DaveUWSNYC

    And she looks like she’s having so much fun with it!

  • Buffy

    I guess I’m the only one who thinks there are some things that should never be repeated.  The copy will never be as good as the original.  Though I’ll give her props for wearing  it.

  • jmorino08

    When I grow up, I want to be fabulous enough to wear this!

  • aumerle

    But the hat is so sad. 12 tiny pieces of frayed tulle glued on. For me, it ruins the whole effect.

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s not the tulle that makes me sad about the hat. I *think* it’s fabric (underside) of the brim and the whole general air it has of being a bit shoddier than the dress that bugs me.

  • 3boysful

    Wow–that’s a “wear it once” ensemble if ever there were one.

  • A B

    If this wasn’t for a Halloween party it’s ridiculous.  Even if it was it looks cheap (and I’m sure it wasn’t).

  • Wish she had a matching parasol

  • decormaven

    I like the concept of this homage, but it’s just a dim reflection of Beaton’s masterful costuming. 

  • MilaXX

    When I first saw this I was hoping this was for a Derby of some sort, because that’s the only way this look is acceptable.

    • TigerLaverada

      If you mean Derby as in Ascot/Kentucky, that’s exactly what Melbourne Cup day is. People dress to the nines, along the lines of Ascot (not generally as trashy as the KY Derby). Been there.

  • nannypoo

    Oh for god’s sake. She looks like a total idiot.

    • margaret meyers

      So glad you used “total,” because just idiot isn’t quite enough.

  • bertkeeter

    First of all L”Wren Scott cant design worth tupence! Everything looks like “luvin ands at ome”…. NK looks like a middle aged southern woman going to the Kentucy Derby and trying to be cute about it! Bloodie Ell, it’s awful!

  • librarygrrl64

    My first reaction was “Too costumey and matchy-matchy,” but then I saw it was for Derby Day, and therefore all bets are off. She looks fantastic!!!

  • Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!

  • LOVE the hat but I would like the dress more with less white lace.

  • pookiesmom

    Um, no. Not a fan. Am I just bitchy today, or what? I haven’t really liked anything.

  • Zippypie

    I join the bitchy club.  It’s costume and looks ridiculous.  She’s not Audrey Hepburn.  Maybe playing Princess Grace has addled her self conception.

  • margaret meyers

    Yep.  This is costume, not clothing.  I think she looks too coy, too twee, too pleased, too everything.  And too botoxed and plumped (as long as I’m at it).

  • The dress looks terrific on her, but the hat falls short.  If you are going to do Audrey.  Do it.

  • Lisa Kramp

     This is when I love her most; happy, cheeky, and wickedly beautiful.

  • understateddiva

    All the pictures I’ve seen of this just look like she’s having a blast.  

  • She’s a doll come to life! Trim as a Barbie and twice as cute.

  • plinkiedoodle

    Chic as hell!!!

  • quiltrx

    See, days like THIS are the ONLY reason I would want to be famous!

  • NCDFan


  • And what of her aunt’s silver spoon that should have come to her? Someone PINCHED IT.

    • adnama79

      Hat pin.

  • J MN

    So glad you knew that and provided the link.  It was interesting to see. 

  • J MN

    I love it!  Nicole looks happy and turned out perfectly.  

  • formerlyAnon

    Love it.

    Only negative is that there are more flattering ways to curve that hat brim.

  • RzYoung

    Wow, i think someone spiked her porridge with something cray cray that morning! Credit to her though she’s making it work

  • LOVE that movie! LOL! I may have to dust off the dvd!

  • Judy_J

    So very Liza Doolittle!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Beautiful, and perfect for the derby!  Love it.

  • Larkin21

    Named my cat Dover based on that moment. And I think Nicole looks stunning here. Great job.